Archive for August, 2009
With the season opener this Saturday, it was just a matter of time until the general public learned who would be starting for the Nittany Lions. For those of you who don’t feel like examining the current lineup position by position, I offer some quick observations: Considering Pat Devlin transferring to Delaware last winter, there [...]
Taylor Swift, country star from Wyomissing, performed at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday night to a full house that had sold out in just 20 minutes. We found a YouTube video from Saturday that shows just how packed the BJC was. Did you go? How was it?
What: Join the staff of Onward State at Irving’s this Thursday afternoon to enjoy coffee and snacks while meeting us and the rest of the State College Twitter community. We promise it’ll be a good time. When: Thursday September 3 at 5:00. Where: Irving’s bakery and cafe at 110 E. College Ave. You can find [...]
68,000 students applied to join the Penn State legacy via Class of 2013. This number increased by 16,000 since 2005, a significant jump. On the first day of class, I assumed that the university admitted an obscene amount of freshmen. The Forum building was a standstill, and the dining halls boasted standing room only. However, [...]
Anything can happen at a student dance in the HUB. Anything. Even a series of brawls. That’s just what happened Friday night. A series of fights broke out that led to the police being called. No one was arrested because most students left the HUB before the authorities arrived. In an unrelated incident, someone was [...]
What: Full Ammo Improv is Penn State’s premiere improvisational comedy group. It is the first of many hour-long shows of unscripted comedy this semester. Sister troupe Your Ex-Boyfriends will open with a half-hour of improv. Where: Room 6, Arts Building basement When: Sunday August 30th from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Cost: Free! Fullammoimprov.com has [...]
Information Technology Services has released a slew of tech-related updates to Penn State systems. Here are the highlights: Angel has been updated from version 7.1 to 7.3. Many things have been improved and added including “course/group mail, discussion forums, chat, the course/group roster, reports, [and] the HTML editor theme selector.” See this page for a [...]
“Mr. State College” Mayor Bill Welsh is in critical condition at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recovering from complications from leg bypass surgery. Welch had checked into the hospital earlier this month for surgery to deal with a clogged artery in one of his legs. The surgery was successful, but Welch later developed [...]
All of us here at Onward State are proud to present the new, sexy OnwardState.com. The new design has been live for the past several days and is the result of months of effort to update your favorite Penn State blog. Onward State’s Production Editor, Mitch Rukat and I have been working for the last [...]
Welcome back guys! From the staff at Onward State, we hope you had a great first week!
Remember the contest we ran a couple of days ago that asked what is the best on-campus building is? You know, the one where Onward State and CSN paired up to give away a Penn State Fathead to the Onward Stater with the best comment? The winner is Steve who left a comment on August [...]
Yesterday evening at approximately 7:00PM a grey Hyundai collided with a motorcyclist on Shortlidge Rd. in front of the Business Building. The driver of the motorcycle was taken away in a stretcher. Their condition at this time is not currently known. Update: We heard but have not confirmed that the motorcyclist is named Paul George.
With the advent of Fall comes football season, when the cow fields turn to mine fields and trash piles up outside of Beaver and the BJC. John Patishnock wants you to remember the area for a different set of circumstances ever. Trash to Treasure, which premieres tomorrow night at 7:30 in Eisenhower Auditorium, illustrates the [...]
Last night, popular downtown nightspots Lulu’s and Tony’s reopened after over a month (check out the original Collegian article) of being closed when a Centre County judge reinstated Sammark Inc.’s appeal to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regarding the PLCB’s decision not to renew the company’s licenses following repeated liquor law violations. The legal fight [...]
Courtesy of Penn State Football, we have defensive standouts Sean Lee and Ollie Ogbu giving a rundown of each of the 11 positions from Holuba Hall. If that wasn’t enough, it’s been filmed in HD. Football season is just around the corner – why not take a few minutes to educate yourself on the game? [...]
We attended the year’s first UPUA meeting this evening– not a lot actually got done, but everyone seems prepared for the year. Tonight they talked about three major projects. Greek Loop: This was definitely the most exciting plan Gavin Keirans’ ticket had last spring. Keirans has discovered the State College borough to be a little [...]
We received a couple of pictures from photographer Maxwell Kruger (see also: THON 2009 Timelapse) of a fire that broke out tonight at a dairy farm off of Park Avenue. Check out his personal site at MaxwellKruger.com.
It’s not often that someone can say they visited the Lincoln Memorial and watched a Penn State football game in the same afternoon. But with Indiana University’s decision to move their 2010 home game against the Nittany Lions to FedEx Field, Penn State will play football in the area for the first time since 1993. [...]
Murad Hanif, a 25 year old Penn State student facing multiple charges for rape and assault committed over the past six months, is either on the run or facing a major family crisis, according to the Collegian and Centre Daily Times. On August 11th, the day he was officially charged with rape, Hanif took off [...]
Another season, another set of policies enacted. Luckily, the two newest provisions to Football game day policy have good reason behind their enactment. New for 2009, glass bottles are not allowed in any of the grass parking lots at Penn State. Not only is broken glass difficult to clean up in grassy areas, it also [...]
The Interfraternity Council met last night to talk about fall rush. The group approved a $10 rush fee that students will need to pay to participate in recruitment activities. Registration, which officially begins today at 5:00 pm, can be completed here. Members of the IFC say that the funds will be used to purchase wristbands [...]
Last Spring, Penn State Director of Housing Conal Carr announced the decision to disconnect Penn State dormitory landlines beginning fall 2009. Although Penn State paid approximately $800,000 annually to maintain the landlines, Penn State Live reported that approximately 72% of students used their landlines less than 20 times in the 2007-2008 school year. Mr. Carr [...]
In 2009, international admits to graduate schools have declined, a first in five years, according to a Businessweek article published earlier this week. Though the report found a 4% increase in international applications, the total number of international applications received this year is still below 2003 application levels at many of the 253 schools that [...]
We visited the Involvement Fair in its final hours this afternoon. Alumni Hall was crowded, but the event itself struck me as an inadequate to introduce 45,000 undergrads to the multitude of clubs on this campus. Student Activities has a database that is unfortunately not very conducive to browsing and signing up for list-servs. There [...]
A report sponsored by the US Department of Education recently found that students who received instruction online performed better than their peers who went to normal classes. Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the same courses. The analysis for the [...]
Onward State is looking to bring on a handful of new writers… are you interested? If so, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers should be prepared to handle on average one post per day. The traits we admire most are a good grasp of the English language and a healthy dose of snark, but [...]
You’re on your way to a friend’s house for a relaxing evening. On the side of the road, you see a gas station and stop in to buy a six-pack of beer. BUT WAIT. You’re in Pennsylvania, so you have to get soda instead. Trying to buy beer in PA is a true bummer. You [...]
If you’ve ever wonder who came up with the idea to play “Kernkraft 400″ (aka “Zombie Nation”) following big plays, or who thought that a full stadium white-out would be a good idea, then this post is for you. Guido D’Elia, Director of Communications and Branding for Penn State football, is one of the primary [...]